Memorial to Uel M. Gaile

End of Watch: August 19, 1940
Rank: Detective Badge No. N/A
Years of Service: 17
Age: 40
Location of Death: 13th Street and New York Avenue, NW

 

Circumstance:

While riding in the rear of a patrol wagon, Officer Gaile was thrown into the partition, striking his head. He died weeks later in the hospital.

Biography

Officer Gaile was married and had two children

 

Articles from the Washington Post – transcribed by Dave Richardson, MPD/Ret.
OFFICER GAILE STRUCK HIS HEAD ON A PARTITION INSIDE A PATROL WAGON.

WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE DATED AUGUST 22, 1940, PAGE 3.

Policeman Gaile’s Funeral Today.
Funeral for Uel M. Gaile, 40, First Precinct policeman who died Monday of a head injury, will be held at 3:30 p.m. today in Hysong’s funeral home.

The injury was suffered August 1 when the patrol wagon in which he was riding stopped suddenly, flinging him against a partition.

The Rev. Harry W. Carver, pastor of the Central Ballston (Va.) Methodist Church, will officiate at the services. Burial will be in Columbia Gardens Cemetery. Surviving, besides his wife, are two sons, Oscar O., 19, Uei M. Gaile, 21, and a brother, Elbert Gaile, Wynnewood, Okla.